September 9, 2021
Hackensack University Medical Center Team Members, with the help of the Girl Scouts of Northern Jersey and the Boy Scouts of America, North Jersey placed 2,977 flags on the hospital’s campus in honor of all those who died on September 11, 2001, including Hackensack University Medical Center paramedic, Robert Cirri.
The flag planting event, with dozens of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from all over Bergen County including Hackensack, Ridgefield Park, Midland Park, Englewood and Wood-Ridge precedes Hackensack University Medical Center’s Commemoration of the events of 9-11-01 on Friday, 9/10/21 at 9am.
“We so appreciate the time our local Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops gave today to join our team members in placing nearly 3,000 flags on our campus as a tribute to all those who were killed twenty years ago this week,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president of Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Seeing the children and our team members work together helped turn this tragic anniversary into a day of unity and celebration of all our first responders who rose in service and in response.”
“On behalf of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, I would like to thank the Hackensack University Medical Center team for inviting our Girl Scouts to partake in this touching tribute as the hospital commemorated the 20th anniversary of 9/11,” said Betty Garger, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. “The tragic events 20 years ago have had, and continue to have, such a profound impact on our North Jersey community, and I know the girls were grateful to be a part of remembering those we lost while also helping bring the community together at today’s ceremony.”
Hackensack University Medical Center also recognizes the countless volunteers, rescue and recovery workers, uniformed safety personnel, and the hundreds of thousands of others who serve, or have served in our armed forces here at home and overseas since that fateful day.